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‘Star Wars’ Unmasked: Meet the Actors Behind These 20 Classic Characters

Star Wars Characters Unmasked
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The ‘Star Wars‘ universe we once knew will soon be forever changed, hopefully for the better, thanks to Disney’s acquisition of Lucasfilm. On the horizon is a new trilogy starting with ‘Star Wars: Episode 7,’ in addition to the recently announced ‘Star Wars’ spinoffs, which will focus on individual characters from the universe.

There’s a lot to look forward to, but this shift also prompts us to look back on the original, George Lucas-helmed films, which have already been dissected to death at this point. However, for those casual fans who haven’t read everything there is available on the beloved ‘Star Wars’ universe, we’ve highlighted some of the men, women and even children behind some of the most beloved ‘Star Wars’ characters.

Who was inside the Darth Vader suit while James Earl Jones lent his voice? Who donned the Chewbacca, Jawa, Tusken Raider, Admiral Ackbar, C-3PO and R2-D2 costumes? Scroll through these photos of unmasked ‘Star Wars’ characters to find out.


Chewbacca

Peter Mayhew
 
 
 
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Lucasfilm/Getty Images

Yoda (voice)

Frank Oz
 
 
 
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Lucasfilm/Getty Images

Yoda (puppet)

Stuart Freeborn
 
 
 
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Lucasfilm

C-3PO

Anthony Daniels
 
 
 
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Lucasfilm/Getty Images

R2-D2

Kenny Baker
 
 
 
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Lucasfilm/Getty Images

Darth Vader (costume)

David Prowse
 
 
 
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Lucasfilm/WikiCommons

Boba Fett (costume)

Jeremy Bulloch
 
 
 
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Lucasfilm/WikiCommons

The Emperor (voice, 'The Empire Strikes Back')

Clive Revill
 
 
 
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Lucasfilm/American Broadcasting Companies

Admiral Ackbar

Tim Rose
 
 
 
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Lucasfilm/YouTube

Jabba the Hutt (voice)

Larry Ward
 
 
 
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Lucas Film/Fox Television Classics

Oola

Femi Taylor
 
 
 
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Lucasfilm/Twitter

Wicket

Warwick Davis
 
 
 
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Lucasfilm/Getty Images

Greedo

Maria De Aragon
 
 
 
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Lucasfilm

Bossk

Alan Harris
 
 
 
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Lucasfilm

Tusken Raider

Peter Diamond
 
 
 
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Lucasfilm

Wampa

Des Webb
 
 
 
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Lucasfilm

Note: Des Webb was originally pegged to play the Wampa in 'Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back.' However, the life-size suit was deemed too uncomfortable for the actor, which prompted Lucasfilm to commission a small hand puppet for the original version. Although, George Lucas would eventually expand that scene for later editions.

Jawa

Frazer Diamond
 
 
 
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Lucasfilm

Bib Fortuna

Michael Carter
 
 
 
Bib Fortuna Michael Carter
Bib Fortuna Michael Carter

Teebo

Jack Purvis
 
 
 
Lucasfilm/BBC
Lucasfilm/BBC

Max Rebo Cantina Alien

Simon J. Williamson
 
 
 
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Lucasfilm/Blogspot

Cantina Band Alien (created and played one)

Jon Berg
 
 
 
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